2017 – 2018 General Meetings



The Chapel Hill Garden Club meeting dates for the year: September 2017 – June 2018

Meetings: Usually the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Time: 9:30 am: Meet and Greet coffee
10:00 am – 11:00 : Program
11:00 am – Noon: Business Meeting

Location: Reeves Auditorium, Visitor Education Center, North Carolina Botanical Garden

September 26, 2017
Fall Coffee: A preview of upcoming events and our traditional Friendship Bouquet

A time to get acquainted with and sign up to participate in our club’s activities. Members contribute flowers and greenery to our traditional Friendship Bouquet created by Bitty Holton.

Bitty Holton

October 31, 2017
Clay Carter and
Terra Ceia Farms: Bulbs for All Seasons

Clay will discuss the history of gardening with bulbs, talk about bulb physiology and how bulbs survive throughout the year. He will include specific techniques for planting and will share information about varieties that are good candidates in our neighborhood.

Clay Carter

November 28, 2017
Betsy Nininger: Create a Floral Design

Floral designer and life judge Betsy Nininger will lead you thorough creating a floral design.  You will have a partner, instruction and help from experienced members.  This meeting will be a chance to get to know others, laugh, learn and enjoy.

December 14, 2017
Holiday Tea: At the home of Becky Berrey from 2 – 4 pm (This is the only meeting that is for members only.)

Kick off the holiday season mingling with your garden club friends and enjoying members’ fresh floral arrangements adorning  Becky’s home.

Holiday Tea

January 30, 2018
Mark Weathington: Gardening In The South: The Home Owner’s Guide

Mark Weathington is the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

From his newly released and indispensable reference guide to gardening in our region, Mark will discuss our particular soils and the best plants we should be using in our landscapes.

Mark Weathington

February 27, 2018
Mary Palmer Dargan: Landscape Design: The Four-Part Master Plan

Mary Palmer Dargan has worked for over 40 years designing award-winning gardens and landscapes for clients. She will share design techniques and practical advice on how to achieve a sophisticated look on any size and type of property.

In addition to their design firm, they also have a seasonal shop in Cashiers, NC called Dovecote Porch and Gardens.  Books available for sale at the meeting: Lifelong Landscape Design and The Early English Kitchen Garden.

Mary Palmer Dargan

March 27, 2018
John Monroe:
Witnessing the Spirit and Soul of the Garden

John Monroe was the inspirational owner of Architectural Trees, which he closed in September 2016. He is now focusing on his new business called Accent on Annuals.

John was a clinical psychologist for 18 years.

John has been cultivating his ideas about being wholly present in order to let the intangible qualities of the garden be known. He will use photos of our own members’ gardens to illustrate his ideas.

April 24, 2018
Jan Johnsen: Serenity By Design

Jan is a landscape designer, author and garden speaker.

 She will offer intriguing design ideas for enhancing any garden. Learn why East is considered the “auspicious” direction, how to use a Golden Rectangle to create harmony outdoors and which colors uplift our spirits in a garden.

Jan Johnsen

May 29, 2018
Bryce Lane: New Plant Combinations

Bryce has taught in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University for over 35 years. He has received numerous local, regional and national teaching awards. He hosts and produces a three-time, Emmy winning UNC TV public television show called “In The Garden With Bryce Lane.”

Today Bryce will recommend new, unique and classic plant combinations for your landscape.

Bryce Lane

June 12, 2018
Spring Picnic: At the Lavender Oaks Farm

3829 Millard Whitley Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516.  Adorn yourself with a fanciful hat, visit with friends and savor delicious salads and sweets.  This picnic is for Chapel Hill Garden Club members and their guests. To see photos of the Lavender Farm and get a flavor of past picnics click HERE.

Lavender Oaks Farm